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General Announcements / Tapatalk Now Supported
« on: February 12, 2013, 08:22:37 PM »
For those of you who would like to browse the forum, etc., on your iOS or Android device, $7 Secrets Forum now supports Tapatalk:

Tapatalk is a mobile app built specifically for forum access. Different from mobile skin or mobile version that [may come with a] forum system, Tapatalk allows user to have a unified interface to access multiple forums at the same time.

I'm finding it handy to monitor the forum while on the go. Tapatalk supports push notifications (hmm...not Tapatalk HD for iPad), so if you'd like to be notified of replies to topics you've posted to you should enable push notifications in the app and choose the types of notifications -- quoted post, mentioned post, subscribed topic, and private message -- you've like to receive. On the forum side, all you need to do then is enable Notify me of replies (under Attachments and other options) when you post. Your settings at Profile > Notifications mostly don't affect push notifications:
  • Enable Turn notification on when you post or reply to a topic if you want  email or push notifications enabled by default when you post via the web. This setting doesn't affect posts created in the Tapatalk app itself and you can't set the notification option when posting in Tapatalk, so you'll need to favorite/star the post after you've created it.
  • The For topics and boards I've requested notification on, notify me setting only applies to email notifications.
  • The For topics and boards I've requested notification on, notify me of setting only applies to email notifications.
  • Push notifications presently work only for Current Topic Notifications, not Current Board Notifications.
Mentioned posts are interesting: use @username (a user's username can be found on their profile page and may be different from what's displayed in the forum) anywhere in a post and if that user has enabled mentioned posts they will get a push notification.

Any questions about Tapatalk? Feel free to reply here.

General Announcements / Re: Forum Upgrade (SMF 2.0)
« on: November 10, 2011, 01:47:19 PM »
SMF 2.0 uses a new default theme, called "Curve." I elected to retain the SMF default theme, now called "Core," as the theme for this forum. However, since SMF 1.0 internally referred to "Core" as "default," any member-applied theme options before the upgrade are now applied to "Curve." That means all members will have their  theme options removed -- thanks, SMF developers.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

General Announcements / Re: Forum Upgrade (SMF 2.0)
« on: October 28, 2011, 09:11:32 AM »
You all know how bad email spam is; forum spam can be just as bad. I use the Stop Spammer mod to keep spam in check here and, in the last 13 months, it has prevented some 138K spammer registrations. That's user registrations, not spam posts.

Oddly enough, the forum gets a number of users registered who never post a message. In the same period of time, about 3500 new members were added who have no posts to their name. I suspect that a fair number of these are spammers who haven't taken advantage of their membership to spam, although I don't know why that is. I did delete about 1100 additional members who not only have never posted, but have never logged in after registering.

There are some additional measures I could take to reduce spam, but it really hasn't been that much of a problem -- maybe 5 or 6 posts a month. Anyway, just thought I'd relate some of my experience in running a forum; forums are a great way of providing user support on a one-to-many basis.

General Announcements / Forum Upgrade (SMF 2.0)
« on: October 27, 2011, 10:02:10 PM »
Well, more than a year after the last upgrade, SMF 2.0 has finally been released and I can upgrade $7 Secrets Forum. Although it was released on June 11, I wanted to wait for a 2.0.1 release at least, which happened on September 18. This release should be pretty solid, but let me know if you run into anything funky here.

I need to make some changes to the default theme, so be prepared for some visual updates.

Test My Site, Please! / How to ask for a test
« on: September 18, 2010, 10:28:01 PM »
First off, make sure your installation is working. We're testing to give you feedback on the process and the site, not to fix a broken site. If you're having problems getting the installation working, post your issue on the Support for $7 Secrets Scripts board (after searching for answers to your problem, of course).

Secondly, change the price(s) for your product(s) to $0.01. Testers don't want to rely on you refunding their money after the purchase.

Next, give us the link. This is one board where promoting your site is allowed -- as long as it's a new, 7DSS-powered site.

Testers: please give thoughtful feedback. Don't just leave "Works fine" (or, worse yet, no comments); make comments on the sales letter(s), the squeeze page, the download page, the interaction with the autoresponder, etc. In other words, give the kind of feedback you'd want for your own site.

Don Morris

General Announcements / Old links still work
« on: September 09, 2010, 02:58:34 PM »
In the conversion, links from one message to another weren't updated to point to the converted message. That would be quite an undertaking for the converter. Since the old YaBB forum still exists, just in a different directory, I've created a redirect that re-enables all those broken links. You won't be able to post new topics or replies in the old forum, and registration is closed, but users will be able to get to messages that are linked in the new SMF forum.

For the geeks among you, here's the code to do the redirect (you know what to do with it):

Code: [Select]
# Rewrite old YaBB incoming links
RewriteEngine  On
RewriteCond   %{REQUEST_URI}   /YaBB\.pl
RewriteCond   %{REQUEST_URI}   !/YaBB/(.*)
RewriteRule   ^(.*)$   YaBB/$1 [L]

General Announcements / Bye-Bye YaBB!
« on: September 07, 2010, 10:58:55 PM »
Well, I finally bit the bullet and dumped YaBB. I've been dissatisfied with the forum software ever since I inherited $7 Secrets Forum three years ago and I'm not sorry to see it go.

The biggest problem was the completely unmanageable number of files it creates over time: three or more files per post, five or more per member -- with 13,000+ posts and 3,000+ members, that means as many as 54,000 separate files just for those two data types. Searches were slow as a result, and using FTP to handle any back-end work was impossible.

With that treasure trove of information, though, I wasn't just going to start over, so I started looking for a way to convert the data to another forum platform -- any platform. Unfortunately, as far as I was able to tell, not one single converter existed to move my data from YaBB 2.4 to any other forum. The closest available was a YaBB 2.2 converter for SMF, but it failed to work with 7DF.

So I went to Elance.com to find someone who would convert the data for me, either by doing the grunt work by hand or writing a custom converter. While I waited for the bids to come in, I started researching forum software.

I looked at a bunch (using ForumMatrix.org), but pretty quickly narrowed it down to a handful:

bbPress     Free    http://bbpress.org/
IP.Board    $150    http://www.invisionpower.com/products/board/
phpBB       Free    http://www.phpbb.com/
SMF         Free    http://www.simplemachines.org/
Vanilla     Free    http://vanillaforums.org/
vBulletin   $195    http://www.vbulletin.com/

Here were my first criteria: it had to look good at first glance and it had to be currently supported. Okay, yes, I do judge a book by its cover, but here's why: if the developer(s) doesn't care about the front end of the software (the part I and my users see), how can  I be sure he's taken care with the back end (the part that we don't see)? And if it's not currently supported, I won't trust my data to it.

(To be fair, there are likely a number of equally good platforms; I just didn't have time to thoroughly evaluate them all.)

Cost was a factor, but not a primary one. More important were features: which platform had features that I could use out-of-the-box for 7DF and which could I add features to by installing mods or plug-ins? I decided to drop bbPress and Vanilla because their core feature set was too basic.

For the remainder, I investigated their ability to support ads. (Yes, I plan to integrate advertising into 7DF.) Both SMF and IP.Board support ad management out-of-the-box; vBulletin and phpBB have free third-party add-ons for that capability. But neither of the latter two allow selling of ads, while the former two have mods/plug-ins to provide that feature.

Of the remaining two, I really like IP.Board. In addition to being extremely configurable, it also offers spam monitoring (free), installation (free), and ties in with a free iPhone application (with push notifications and mobile skin) -- as long as your license is active, which costs $50/year after the first six months.

However, I decided to go with SMF, at least until 7DF is self-supporting. (Right now, 7DF generates no income and my time spent on the forum doesn't make me any direct income.) So how would I get my data in there?

Turns out that one of the 5 bids I got for data conversion on Elance.com was from a Russian programmer who said he'd fix the existing YaBB 2.2 converter to work with version 2.4. His bid of $200 was far under the $600 I'd budgeted for this job. (The bids, including one I received from the folks behind IP.Board, ranged from $120 to $600.)

Alex (the programmer) had the converter working within 72 hours. All the boards, topics, posts, private messages, and members were converted from a flat-file system to MySQL within minutes; a bug with member groups was fixed within 24 hours and the files were converted again in no time.

I then spent the holiday weekend reorganizing the boards. There will be more of that in the weeks to come, and I'll also be tweaking the theme and settings. If things don't seem to work quite right, please let me know. Also, I'm using version 1.1.11 of SMF; I won't upgrade to 2.0 until it comes out of release candidate status, since their continuing changes may break things.

Hope you enjoy the new forum!

$7 Secrets Product Directory / Board Guidelines
« on: September 07, 2010, 09:23:15 AM »
First, let me welcome you to the forum. Thanks for coming.

Second, this board is for the discussion of the $7 Secrets Product Directory. Please keep the discussion to that topic. There are other boards here for other subjects.

Before posting a question or support request, do a search for similar posts. It's likely that your question has been asked and answered many times before and there is a wealth of information on the forum.

Any blatant promotion of products will get you banned. You can add your website to your profile and to your signature, but please don't use the body of your post for promotion. If you are using $7 Secrets Scripts to sell a product, you can submit it for inclusion -- free -- to


Also, don't send me Private Messages (PMs) for support -- I won't respond. If you have a support question, post it here. Everyone benefits when questions and answers are posted publicly.

Customer service (purchase) issues should be directed to


Thanks again!

Don Morris

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Support for $7 Secrets Scripts / Re: PayPal Sandbox Caveat
« on: July 25, 2009, 09:23:52 AM »
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Elaine, that note was directed at Ghalt, who posted "I have the opposite problem" here (unrelated) and also posted in another topic (double post). His post here was merged with the other. Your posts were fine.

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Please, no double posting. Create new topics when your issue doesn't fit.

Off topic replies have been moved to [link=http://7dollarforum.com/.//YaBB.pl?num=1196480899]This Thread[/link]

Support for $7 Secrets Scripts / Re: Woooo Hoooo!
« on: April 05, 2007, 05:58:21 AM »
When you're telling people that you're about to come out with a product that everybody needs to buy, that's self-promotional.


It's up!

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